Plant Highlights By Date
This Australian native begins life as a single large rosette, but when it comes into flower the growing tip elongates into a flower stalk, much like an Agave does.
Many species of Echeveria are notable for their highly ornamental tight rosettes of succulent leaves, and most of these come from Mexico.
The Protea Family, Proteaceae, is primarily a Southern Hemisphere group, with most of the species found in Australia and South Africa.
South Africa has quite a few single-headed species of Aloe which develop a trunk and make dramatic focal points in the garden.
This clump-forming succulent belongs to the Ice Plant Family and features showy yellow flowers.
At maturity, the center of a rosette elongates and shoots upward to form a flower stalk, and this is about 6½to 8 feet tall (2 – 2.5 m). The stalk is dark purple, as are the flower buds arrayed along it, with the flowers opening in sequence from bottom to top over the course of about a month.
Although its native habitat is not in the winter-rainfall area, F. candida can be grown outdoors in our part of California provided it is given sharp drainage and occasional water during the summer months.
Depending on the clone and the growing conditions, plants may be green, red, purple, or almost black, and the leaves can vary from short and almost round to lemon-shaped or more elongated.
As with other species of Hesperaloe, H. tenuifolia has a long flowering period, beginning in the spring and continuing on through to the fall.
Gymnocalycium schickendantzii ssp. delaetii is summer-blooming, with flowers emerging mainly in December and January in its native habitat in Argentina.